Windows Live Mail Desktop



Get spam and virus filters across multiple e-mail accounts, and warnings when it looks like an e-mail message could be a scam. And you can just click "Delete and block" to drop the hammer of security on any shady e-mail that appears in your inbox.


Do you know Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail? Then you pretty much already know how to use Windows Live Mail. The clean design speeds you through the most common tasks, and lets you do some pretty uncommon ones, too—like sending eye-catching photo e-mail, and setting up the layout just the way you want it.


Get multiple e-mail accounts in one place—and not only Hotmail, but even Gmail and Yahoo! accounts, too. Plus, you can start a Windows Live Messenger conversation right from your inbox, or jump right into the latest updates from your friends Windows Live Spaces blog.

Photo e-mail

Send high-resolution photos without clogging their inboxes with gigantic attachments. Your contact will see a thumbnail image embedded in your message. When they click on it, they'll see the full-sized picture, at a private Web location. Plus, you can do basic photo editing, add borders, and control just how the thumbnail images are displayed in your e-mail.

Serious security

Use Windows Live Mail to help maximize privacy, safety, and security across your e-mail accounts. Spam filters scan for junk e-mail, red and yellow warning bars tell you when a message seems to be suspicious, and the "Delete and block" button lets you tell scammers to buzz off.

Multiple e-mails accounts, one place

So, for some reason you've got Hotmail, Yahoo!*, and Gmail? (It's okay, we've all got our reasons.) Windows Live Mail is your e-mail command center where you can get messages and manage multiple accounts in one place: your desktop.

Quick views

Quick views show you specific categories of messages from across all of your e-mail and news accounts. You select the quick views you want and see them in the folder pane.

Custom layouts

Make it yours. Change the colors, move columns around, and show just the stuff you want to see.

RSS without the mess

Get content feeds delivered directly to your inbox—from news sites, blogs, and anywhere else that offers RSS. (RSS means "Really Simple Syndication," and is a way for websites to send out their content.)

Do it offline

So you're traveling and can't get online? Read and delete e-mail, and write messages that will be sent whenever you're reconnected to the Web.